Last November it was announced that filming on Men in Black 3 would be split into two parts. After shooting in New York for three months (to take advantage of New York State tax incentives) there would be a two months break, and filming would resume in mid-February. However it appears script issues have caused filming to be delayed until March.
From 24 Frames:
After a hiatus of nearly two months, “Men in Black III,” the third installment in the sci-fi/comedy franchise, was to resume production this week in New York. But studio Sony and the film’s producers have pushed back the production date again. Shooting is now delayed to March 28 owing to ongoing script issues, according to a person close to the 3-D production who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.
During the downtime screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can and Rush Hour 2) was brought in to rewrite the script, specifically the time-travel section of the movie which sees Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones transported back to 1969 where they meet Josh Brolin, who plays a young version of Jones. The decision to film in the spring was made as it would allow parts of the movie set in the summer to shoot in a more temperate climate.
Men in Black 3 won’t be released until May 2012 so this filming hiatus won’t have much of an impact. In the movie British actress Emma Thompson will play Agent Oh, agent of the MIB in present day and a secretary in the 1960s, and Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords will play the villain, although his motives have not yet been revealed.